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Members of the U.S. military born in other countries are now turned down for U.S. citizenship at a higher rate than other foreign-born people.
Statistics released by U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) show that the agency denial rate for members of the military who applied for U.S. citizenship the the last few months of 2018 was 16.6 percent.
That's more than five percentage points higher than the rate of denial for civilian applications for citizenship in the same period, which was 11.2 percent.
A wider look at the data shows that the two rates were closer at the beginning of President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham: Trump officials not adequately briefing on Iran threat Immigrants in US military denied citizenship more often than civilians Chris Evans: 'If you're not worried about Roe v Wade, you're not paying attention' MORE's term in the White House, when the civilian denial rate was higher (14 percent) than the military denial rate (10 percent). But that soon changed, with the rate of civilian applications being denied increasing at a slower average pace than the rate of U.S. military applications for citizenship.
The disparity was widest during the first quarter of 2018, when the rate of citizenship requests denied for members of the U.S. military hit 20 percent, while the rate of requests denied for civilians hovered close to its current rate.
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